Do little green men spy on you from the trees yet? Tell us when they kidnap you to their ship and do colonoscopies on you......take care......
Did they ask what young people thought of Boehner and the Republicans in general? Perhaps you don't want to talk about that.....
The Republican strategy from good old Confederate politics has effects though. That is, throwing horse manure balls - they won't stick, but they leave a lingering stink anyway. An easy answer to that is to have lower level Democrats reciprocate which is not exactly hard to do. It's years overdue for Democrats to be more combative.
The Republicans have been trying to abort economic recovery now since 2009. Now that it's recovering anyway, their next move will be to try to take credit for it. They will assume that voters will forget that the Crash was their responsibility in the first place and was on purpose.
Our system does need some credibility crisis - it's a slim chance but we still need that Amendment to get rid of pervasive Pay-To-Play politics. Our long term prospects are not good without such a reform, even 148 years overdue.
So you grew up throwing horse manure balls instead of snow balls and you're still at it?
I haven't read yet whether the applying organizations were, in fact, violating the law or whether the application of the law was actually partisan. Both of those can be independently true or false.
But if you don't like the law, work to change it. Don't try to run the cops out of town. The conduct of Republicans is raising the suspicion that they were caught red handed. If that's not true, why try to convince everyone it is?
Americans are less competent than Canadians? No. Medicare (as well #$%$) is stuck with a batch of extra programs all eliminated with a Universal Care, Single Payer / mixed care delivery system. Cutting the link between employers and medical insurance does nothing but save huge overhead and distraction.
You pay no attention to the basic fact - the US spends now a bit over 17 1/2% US GDP on medical care over all and it's been growing inexorably. It can't continue. Between medical care overall and the financial sector the US eats 1/4 GDP, bought in Washington and the state capitol Pay-To-Play corrupt political system. That's not sustainable nor competitive internationally.
Your party's, Ryan's, ideal now is that people die in net worth order. It's ideal is also a class-ridden hierarchical society. Most states are moving in that direction by rationing education with expense. Ability takes a back seat. Freezing out so many of the most talented of each generation and making adversaries of them won't make for a sustainable society or thriving economy. It's the opposite of the system that gave us today's USA.
How do you plan to survive in the world you are trying to create? Do you have offshore accounts like Mitt?
"And now, any of those who refuse , or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."
That's been happening for many years - even though they are called Emergency Rooms.
Really, what's your idea of what should happen to people who decide to play the odds for 10-15 years and not get insurance until they need it or actually come down with something. Now they go to the ER too. Whatever, you and I still get nailed.
So what's your idea?
Cuts? I'm not sure what you are referring to, but changes I recall did nothing net.
Obamacare to start doesn't change enough. It including everything in sight to pass and it was assumed that things that didn't work would be winnowed from the program. Republican harassment will probably prevent that. except by what management can do.
Again, I think Americans would tend to approve of more like the Swiss system of insurance rather than the Single Payer French system. But if we could have a system of insurance that worked we would have it now.
We need to either reform our political Pay-To-Play system with an Amendment or go Single Payer. The Amendment would be a huge positive change. An appropriately (right sized) regulated capitalist based, market economy is state of the art.. Thanks to Pay-To-Play we don't have that, our economy is getting more and more distorted which is fine with the Right, especially, given their financing though their's is a very short term view. It appears that a Single Payer / mixed care system is the best we can do and it can work well as has been demonstrated again and again. There's no reason to lose the US centers of excellence in care but prevention should cut the incidence of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Look up China in recent decades that has a soaring rate of all those problems and why..
Will anyone lose? The number of workers required to implement our present system is phenomenal, including hospital and clinic workers. Medical insurance companies alone use somewhere between 3 but closer to 4% US GDP. That is included in the 17 1/2 % US GDP for US medical care overall. The Republican remedy - Ryan's plan - to cut the unsustainable and growing expense is to route still more billions to insurance companies but pull the plug and cut US life expectancy. That's why I call out the Republican Party as a Death Panel. Today's Republican plans would be an historic atrocity. Yesterday's are in Obamacare.
"So, when all carriers are gone..." Unwarranted statement used as an invalid premise.....
Anyway, while I would prefer something like the Swiss insurance system as a good fit for the USA, if we could do that we would already have it. In fact we cannot due to the inherently corrupt Pay-To-Play political system. What that has produced is the most expensive per capita system in the world by far with the lowest life expectancy in the Western developed world. The expense level is unsustainable.
It appears that a Single Payer / mixed delivery system somewhat like the French system is necessary. Canada's is similar with a little less spent on it in percent GDP. A basis for it might be to simply expand Medicare and make it universal. Such a system would give us better choice as well since there would be only one "network".
Of course such a model is hardly a panacea - it would still start out paying twice the world price for drugs, thanks to the Pay-To-Play system. Rep Ryan's Medicare replacement plan would instead send billions to insurance companies in vouchers and can only save by cutting the already low US life expectancy by several years - pulling the plug on Granny. His party is the real American Death Panel.
Don't give up hope - you might win the PowerBall........
It is apparently their judgement that they will not be competitive in the state with the highest population. So they are just passing along the judgement of the market as they see it. Sounds like Obamacare is paying off already.
The California Department of Insurance doesn't set rates - they have no such authority. They do vet policies. Given the size of the market the fees that support the department are not a barrier to entry especially to a corporation like Aetna. There are state exchanges already operating. Is Aetna taking a beating?
If you want to talk corrupt governments and deficits the Confederate culture area is at the top of the list. They are social and economic fossils being supported by Blue State and Texas funding.
It is true that California could use a considerable simplification, rationalization, and reduction in the jurisdictions, expenses, and taxes affecting business. The state pension system was making absurd assumptions about returns in the best of times. However, the outrageous pension and other deals we read about are usually management rather than the unionized rank and file. Occasionally we read about, say, a cop who is working nearly double time and getting time and a half. That's incompetent management as a rule.
Sometimes overlooked is the state Constitutional feature of voter Propositions floating between the Legislature and the Constitution. They lock up large parts of the budget year after year untouchable to the Legislature. And Propositions just pile up without any sunset or consistency decade after decade. The state Constitution needs work. Gov Brown, a Liberal tightwad, is the right person for the times again.
The fact remains that Silicon Valley is here in California and Route 128 is in eastern Massachusetts. Texas spends a modest amount of venture capital. No more than that is spent in all the other Southern states combined. No one should want the Red States to fail, but the fact is that most of them already did. Some were obsolescent and on the way down in 1865 and just live off the others since. They never developed. There are many other metrics suggesting that they are a distinct culture area like a marked reduction in life expectancy. from the rest of the US.
Don't feel too bad, but California is doing a lot better. Gov Brown philosophically has always been a sort of liberal tightwad which is again just what the times demand. Remember, the Reps and the Dems have changed places from where they were historically. The Dems are more financially conservative.
Also it's the Southeastern states, the Republican core, that are on welfare. Except for Texas and maybe Arkansas, they are all highly net negative in cash flow to Washington. They live on Texas and Blue State money, including California's. That's why the Republican program to obliterate Washington seems so bizarre. Do voters there want to have a famine? Will they ask China to bail them out?
Are they showing reruns of the old Beverly Hillbillies series on TV in the Gulf states and the viewers think it's history? They're fixing to hit the road West? I say send them to Texas, every one.
So what is Tesla doing you think is criminal? We know what you are doing that's criminal, of course. Would you be left twisting in the wind? That's most likely.
Actually childish. Why not say that a Model S is really an aluminum beer can with a rubber band in it?
If someone announces yet another R&D project that is coming up with a graphene-based secondary battery or even Supercapcitor it would seem unlikely to have much effect, even with a prototype driving around. All the battery manufacturers have such projects and producing affordable graphenes needs as many breakthroughs as a good battery does. There seem to be an increasing number of uses waiting in the wings.
Graphenes apparently will be a rising tide that lifts all the boats - including fuel cells as well as batteries and Supercaps. It looks like graphenes will make FC's good enough and affordable enough to finally be here - with the where does the fuel come from and how do you distribute and then store it rather large unsolved problems.
Ford doesn't sell a vehicle at the high end of the market currently.
So we see you are shilling for page views for a kill Tesla site. A few specific allegations and numbers are just incorrect. Most are just short of actually saying anything at all.
It works like Confederate/Republican politics. Down South there's no snow for snow ball fights, so they make up cow manure balls and throw them at each other and have a grand time. When they grow up they do politics the same way. They don't hope to make any of them stick, they just hope they leave a stink. Sound familiar?
We know who bankrolled the Swift Boats operation a few years ago, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons. We don't know yet who pays for the "Birthers", or who paid for your Tesla site. The current reining master of Confederate politics since Lee Atwater died is Karl Rove, the Bush II strategist from Texas Governor days who later worked in the White House. He left by the back door when the "Ownership Society" collapsed into disaster as likely intended. Rove, of course, went to work for Murdoch at the WSJ and Fox.
These days he has his own 527 Superfund, American Crossroads, bankrolled by the stable of would be Plutocrats and billionaires he's been cultivating since Texas days including Simmons and others. He also has a 501c4 Superfund, Crossroads GPS whose contributors can be anonymous. The 527 can do ads for a candidate, the 501c4 has to do parallel "issue" ads.
An all to typical typical Confederate/Republican campaign stunt has yet to be pinned on anyone but obviously cost money and had a funder. When McCain was running against Bush II in the primaries in South Carolina - Southern and the Bible Belt - Bush II partisans had a fair-sized telephone "push-poll". They asked people what they thought of McCain's extracurricular black daughter. McCain and his wife, Cindy, had adopted a little girl from Bangladesh.
As a resident of a city, you might ask if they are not working for you, who are they working for?
There's no doubt that pensions, but especially funding them, is way out of hand. In my town of Mountain view they have recovered from the cratered finances after the Crash. The recovery is partly based on the companies around here - Google is based here and continues its expansion. So they are a few bucks ahead for a change. So what do they decide to do? Fund some of the obligations they have? Hardly. They are going to hire a $250,000/yr IT manager. That person will need support people, office space, etc, so the $250K is for starters. One rationalization they mentioned was that local companies are always asking if they can beta test software. For free, of course. Doing such testing is not cheap, either.
In Palo Alto, next door, they decided to build a bike bridge over a freeway. Of course, it has to be a "signature bridge". That's OK if they can afford it but they have huge unfunded obligations also. That reminds us of the "signature bridge" over the East Bay that is so many years overdue and has billions in cost over runs. The planet should crack in half before that bridge would come down in a quake, we were told, as the cost mounted. Well, now it's not a bad bridge by any means, but it's simply not as resistant as it was supposed to be because of already fracturing steel rods and bolts. A modestly large quake will leave it with huge repair and rebuilding costs. Some people are starting to question the competence of American engineering, though Caltran had warned about the problems but didn't have authority.
So all this is what we are paying so much for? Is your state really any different? Business also has a problem with executive pensions and Golden Parachutes. It's not just government; Governor Brown has done a huge job in herding the cats in California, both parties. Without his Supermajority. California would have collapsed.
The librarian with the big pension was more likely a manager, not a union member. The phenomenal paychecks for police and other union members are usually from overtime, multiple serial jobs, etc. The city's managers are managing oversize paychecks for themselves. Sometimes the argument is so they can live in the same city which is expensive. The reasoning seems to be so they will have a stake in the city they work for - an equivalent to a stock option.. IMO, that's a rationalization. The management of surprisingly small cities are making in the hundreds of thousands while managing hardly anyone. There is also the argument that if the cities don't pay them, the developers will. This is a big problem but probably requires that larger units, like the state, vet projects over thresholds in size.
Some manufacturing exodus from California is a reasonable development, especially with the inflated real estate and other costs. Multinationals are still very much in the business of replacing citizens and permanent residents in large numbers with indentured visa workers, most average for tech workers. As much of the expense and losses from doing this is put on the taxpayers as possible. Washington and Sacramento Pay-To-Play strikes again.
California business taxes, incorporation expenses, etc, are much too high. Business also has to put up with generations of laws that overlap and overlapping jurisdictions. California's famous Propositions that float below the Constitution and above the Legislature have piled up over the years adding up to in increasingly incoherent mass now mostly passed from astroturf, paid-for corporate campaigns. The expense of keeping up with it all is phenomenal. It badly needs rationalization and sun setting a lot of it. Other states have similar problems, just not to this degree. Legislators get their names on new laws and contributions for them. They never make points getting combining and rationalizing them.
"The market for the 4dr, if you could call it a market, has been saturated."
You simply have no basis for such a statement. Are you funding marketing studies?
Why not go back to your roots with used cars, plastic tents, inflatable dinosaurs, and search lights? Oh, sorry - "pre-owned luxury vehicles".
Somewhere out there there must be a clinic that does colonoscopies for left handed patients......